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Staggered But Still Standing

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via the CP,

The old home of Bobby Hull and the Winnipeg Jets is not going down without a fight. Officials in Winnipeg tried this morning to implode the hockey rink with explosive charges. The interior concrete seating decks fell but the corner pillars and roof are still standing. A police officer says the city will try again another day to finish the job.
update 1:16pm, via Global National,
The four corner pillars of the building remained upright, though the interior concrete decks did fall during the controlled blast. City engineers resorted to cables and heavy equipment to pull down the remnants of the old Winnipeg Arena. A couple of attempts to finish the job failed when cables snapped, but the structure finally gave way.

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Ugly Game

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from the Toronto Sun via Slam,

The coup de grace came with just 2:05 remaining when Darcy Tucker barely avoided Alexei Kovalev with an elbow. Kovalev responded with one of his own that nailed the Leafs player. "He tried to hit me and missed but I didn't miss him," Kovalev said. "I was lucky I saw him at the last second."
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It Is Time

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Another example why NHL players must wear a visor... from the Buffalo News,

The severe swelling under Jay McKee's right eye and the part of his face formerly known as his nose was enough for the Buffalo Sabres defenseman to consider wearing a protective visor for the first time in his career. McKee broke his nose in several places during the first period Friday night when he was struck by a puck in a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Blood collected under his eye, which limited his vision Saturday and convinced him it could have been worse.
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Time For HNIC To Make A Switch

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from the Ottawa Sun,

How much of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is untouchable? How much of it is traditionalist sentiment combined with an outdated format? Could HNIC survive, or even thrive on a different network? The immediate response seems to be, "Why not?" When Hockey Night in Canada isn't coming under fire for scheduling or lack of variety, it appears perfectly content to chug along -- bolstered by its illustrious history and the belief that it could continue, seemingly laissez-faire.
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Nine Years Ago Tonight It All Started

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Wings fans may remember what happened nine years ago tonight. If not, you are either too young or just became a hockey fan.

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Quinn Knows He Is Done

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from the Toronto Sun,

Pat Quinn walked into the empty dressing room wearing an overcoat and a crooked smile, joking with reporters, candidly revealing the state of an injured player, looking like he didn't want to leave. He normally doesn't joke after losses. He normally doesn't hang around. He normally doesn't reveal anything about anybody's health. Quinn is no dummy. He knows that it's over. You can see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice, read it in his behaviour.
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According To Bruce

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Isles are going to try to bring back D Kenny Jonsson next season, but he doesn’t have much desire to return to the NHL. He wants his children to go to school in Sweden, where he is currently playing with Rogle BK ... While the Panthers are going to try and sign G Roberto Luongo to a long-term contract in the off-season, there’s a strong belief he’ll thumb his nose at it and go for a one-year deal in order to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007.
much more NHL talk...

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O’Connell Gets Fired Earlier Than Expected

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Tuesday night, in an interview with the Globe, Jacobs was adamant about the need for change, but added he would not do anything as a kneejerk reaction. He also said he wouldn't disclose those decisions in the media and, no matter what, no decisions would be made prior to the end of the season. Last night, reached by telephone during the Bruins-Sabres game, Jacobs made it clear he pushed aggressively, and was the lead voice, to dismiss O'Connell. ...So, what happened? In part, two more dreadful games happened, including a shootout loss to the Thrashers on Tuesday, with Jacobs in his Garden luxury box, no doubt wincing, for most of it. The mood in the building all night was almost funereal. No pulse. Not the least bit of anticipation or excitement.
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Avery Takes Shots At Murray

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from the LA Daily News,

In a brief, and seemingly half-joking, but effective tirade, Avery chastised reporters but clearly was taking shots at Murray, with whom he often clashed during their three years together. "Why did you guys get brainwashed by that guy?" Avery said. "Do some work on your own now. Come up with some original (stuff) instead of letting him script everything for you. "You can't call him now for a quote. Sorry, he doesn't work here anymore. Look at you guys, you're in shock. You're not writing anything down. You're in shock."
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Good Losers

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from the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Mighty Ducks are in line for a prize. They're the the National Hockey League's most efficient losers. All are tied for first place in one of the sport's saddest categories: points gained for being beaten in shootouts or overtime sessions. Without the slightest doubt, the artificial points have helped Edmonton's murky playoff picture.
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